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Human Library Event

Everything you need to know about the human library! Find information about what a human library is, what human "books" are, and how to participate as a "reader."

Elihu Burritt Library Event Details

The 2019 Human Library event at CCSU's Elihu Burritt Library took place on April 3rd and April 4th this year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to share your story as one of our "books," and thank you to everyone who stopped by the library to participate in the event!

People talking at the Human Library EventPeople talking at the Human Library Event
People talking at the Human Library eventPeople talking at the Human Library event

What is a Human Library?

What is a Human Library?

A Human Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other. Human Books are volunteers who are willing to share their stories and/or their expertise. Participants can “borrow” human books for up to 20 mins at a time in order to have a conversation and ask questions about the book's topic.

The library is a safe place to have some positive conversations to challenge stereotypes and prejudices, learn about a career, or just to get to know another individual.



The first Human Library was in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark by the group Stop The Violence. The purpose of this first event was to challenge prejudices, to encourage dialog, and to build relationships.

The goals of every Human Library since have been similar. The event is held in a safe place where people can have open and honest conversations to learn from each other.



Erie Community College. (2017). Human library libguide. Retrieved from

Human Library at CCSU

Watch this brief video for an introduction to the Human Library at CCSU.

Read coverage of CCSU Human Library events in campus media outlets.

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